GLSA-201701-40 : xdelta: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 96544


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201701-40 (xdelta: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code)

A buffer overflow can be triggered within xdelta when ran against a malicious input file.
Impact :

A remote attacker could coerce the victim to run xdelta against a malicious input file. This may be leveraged by an attacker to crash xdelta and gain control of program execution.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All xdelta users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-util/xdelta-3.0.10'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 96544

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201701-40.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.1 $

Type: local

Published: 2017/01/17

Modified: 2017/01/17

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P


Base Score: 8.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:xdelta, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2017/01/17

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-9765

GLSA: 201701-40